Taiwanese MPs throw pork guts and punches in parliamentary debate on American pork


Lawmakers in Taiwan fought and threw pork guts at each other on Friday over a soon-to-be-enacted policy that would allow imports of U.S. pork and beef.Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang was due to deliver a regular political report to lawmakers on Friday morning on pork policy when MPs from the opposition Nationalist Party, also known as KMT, blocked his attempt to speak by throwing bags of pig organs.

The ruling Progressive Democratic Party (DPP) lawmakers attempted to stop them, causing chaos and a fight with punches, with a DPP lawmaker fighting a grounded KMT lawmaker in the scuffle.

President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration lifted a long-standing ban on imports of US pork and beef in August, a move seen as one of the first steps towards possibly negotiating a bilateral trade deal. with the United States.

The ban is expected to be lifted in January.

Taiwanese lawmakers throw pork intestines at each other in a brawl in the Taipei parliament on Friday after lawmakers from the main opposition party tried to block the prime minister from speaking. (Ann Wang / Reuters)

Strong opposition to the lifting of the ban

This decision met with fierce opposition, both from the KMT and from citizens.

The new policy allows imports of pork containing acceptable residues of ractopamine, a drug that some farmers add to animal feed to promote the growth of lean meat.

Thousands of people marched in Taipei on Sunday to protest against imports.

American pork is said to represent a small percentage of the island’s consumption, but the Nationalist Party has taken up the issue in an effort to mobilize support following successive failures of the ballot box.

People hold a pork balloon emblazoned with the words “I’m a ractopamine pig” during a protest in Taipei on Sunday against the decision to allow US pork imports to Taiwan. (Chiang Ying-ying / The Associated Press)

“When you were in opposition, you were against American pork; Now that you’re in power, you’ve become a supporter of American pork, ”said KMT lawmaker Lin Wei-chou, who led the group of lawmakers protesting the policy. Friday.

They wore black T-shirts that read “oppose ractopamine-pork”.

DPP lawmakers called for peace.

“You blocked Premier Su from reposting in parliament 12 times,” said Hsu Sheng-chieh, MP for the DPP. “Please come to your senses. “


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